Definitions for physicalˈfɪz ɪ kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phys•i•cal*ˈfɪz ɪ kəl(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to the body.

    Category: Physiology

  2. of or pertaining to that which is material:

    the physical universe.

  3. noting or pertaining to the properties of matter and energy other than those peculiar to living matter.

    Category: Physics

  4. carnal; sexual:

    a physical attraction.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. physically demonstrative.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. requiring, characterized by, or liking rough physical contact or strenuous physical activity.

  7. contained in or being computer hardware:

    a physical disk drive; physical memory contained on a chip.

    Category: Computers

  8. Ref: physical examination.

* Syn: physical , bodily , corporeal , corporal agree in pertaining to the body. physical means connected with or pertaining to the animal or human body as a material organism: physical strength.bodily means belonging to or concerned with the human body as distinct from the mind or spirit: bodily sensations.corporeal , a more poetic and philosophical word, refers esp. to the mortal substance of which the body is composed, as opposed to spirit: our corporeal existence.corporal is usu. reserved for reference to suffering inflicted on the human body: corporal punishment.

Origin of physical:

1400–50; late ME < ML physicālis concerning medicine. See physic , -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. physical(adj)

    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

    "physical exercise"; "physical suffering"; "was sloppy about everything but her physical appearance"

  2. physical(adj)

    relating to the sciences dealing with matter and energy; especially physics

    "physical sciences"; "physical laws"

  3. physical(adj)

    having substance or material existence; perceptible to the senses

    "a physical manifestation"; "surrounded by tangible objects"

  4. physical(adj)

    according with material things or natural laws (other than those peculiar to living matter)

    "a reflex response to physical stimuli"

  5. physical(adj)

    characterized by energetic bodily activity

    "a very physical dance performance"

  6. forcible, physical, strong-arm(adj)

    impelled by physical force especially against resistance

    "forcible entry"; "a real cop would get physical"; "strong-arm tactics"

  7. physical(adj)

    concerned with material things

    "physical properties"; "the physical characteristics of the earth"; "the physical size of a computer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. physical(adjective)ˈfɪz ɪ kəl

    relating to the body

    a physical disability; physical therapy

  2. physicalˈfɪz ɪ kəl

    relating to real things that can be seen and touched

    the physical world

  3. physicalˈfɪz ɪ kəl

    relating to or involving people touching or hitting each other

    a very physical sport; The relationship was becoming more physical.


  1. physical(Noun)

    Physical examination.

    How long has it been since your last physical?

  2. physical(Adjective)

    Having to do with the body.

    Are you feeling any physical effects?

  3. physical(Adjective)

    Having to do with the material world.

    It's not so much a physical place as a state of mind.

  4. physical(Adjective)

    Involving bodily force.

    This team plays a very physical game, so watch out.

  5. physical(Adjective)

    Having to do with physics.

    This substance has a number of interesting physical properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Physical(adj)

    of or pertaining to nature (as including all created existences); in accordance with the laws of nature; also, of or relating to natural or material things, or to the bodily structure, as opposed to things mental, moral, spiritual, or imaginary; material; natural; as, armies and navies are the physical force of a nation; the body is the physical part of man

  2. Physical(adj)

    of or pertaining to physics, or natural philosophy; treating of, or relating to, the causes and connections of natural phenomena; as, physical science; physical laws

  3. Physical(adj)

    perceptible through a bodily or material organization; cognizable by the senses; external; as, the physical, opposed to chemical, characters of a mineral

  4. Physical(adj)

    of or pertaining to physic, or the art of medicine; medicinal; curative; healing; also, cathartic; purgative


  1. Physical

    "Physical" is a song by pop singer Olivia Newton-John, released in September 1981. The song was an immediate success, shipping 2 million copies in the United States, being certified Platinum, and spending 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately becoming Newton-John's biggest American hit. The song reached number 7 on the UK chart in November. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and won the Billboard Award for Top Pop Single. "Physical" went on to become the biggest-selling single of the entire decade in the US. The song was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, and produced by Newton-John's longtime collaborator John Farrar. The songwriters actually wrote the song for a man. He was going to offer it to Rod Stewart but Olivia grabbed it instead.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physical' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1032

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physical' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2342

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'physical' in Adjectives Frequency: #129

Translations for physical

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of the body

Playing football is one form of physical fitness.

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